A Victorian Railway Accident
This photograph was taken in 1868. It shows a Great Western engine, the Rob Roy surrounded by onlookers and workmen (navvies).
They are trying to rescue the engine after an accident. The chief engineer, Mr W. G. Owen, is wearing a top hat and standing in front of the smokestack.
Telegraph wires and salvage equipment can also be seen in the photograph.
- Describe what you can see in the photograph.
- What do you think happened before the photograph was taken?
- How might you be able to work out when this photograph was taken?
1. Look at the photograph and answer the questions below:
2. Pick a person in the photograph. Describe the situation from their point of view. What can you hear, see and smell? How are you feeling? What thoughts are going through your mind?
3. Use this photograph to write an opening scene for a story.
There are different ways starting a story. Use one of the following ways to start: